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While criticizing the Fed, Trump picks Cain for its board

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Apr 5, 2019
President Trump wants to appoint the former pizza executive to the Federal Reserve.
President Trump says he wants to appoint Herman Cain to the board of the Federal Reserve.
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The Fed holds interest rates steady, reflecting moderate economic slowdown

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 21, 2019
In a sharp turn from December’s forecasts, the Federal Reserve announced yesterday that it will hold short-term interest rates steady. The announcement comes amid signs of a slowing economy and weakening consumer and business spending. For workers and the housing…
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference on March 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. Powell said the Fed will not raise interest rates this quarter as was previously expected.
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The questions 60 Minutes doesn’t need to ask Yellen, Bernanke and Powell ...

by Janet Nguyen Mar 8, 2019
… because Marketplace already did.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and his predecessors, Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke, participate in a panel discussion at the American Economic Association conference on January 4, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Why the Fed's balance sheet is making markets nervous

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman Jan 3, 2019
Robert Kaplan, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, on Thursday told Bloomberg that the Fed ought to think about slowing down how quickly it’s shrinking its balance sheet. What’s a balance sheet? It’s a ledger of the Fed’s…
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A new and uncharted economic territory

by Kai Ryssdal Feb 23, 2018
What can we expect in this post-tax bill economy?
Jerome Powell at his swearing-in ceremony Feb. 5 at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.
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Yellen leads her last Fed meeting

by Ryan Kailath Jan 30, 2018
Chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen ends a cautious four-year run. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.
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Sinking markets, emergency meetings: A Fed governor recalls 2008

by David Brancaccio and Katie Long Jan 22, 2018
For Randall Kroszner, 2008 was all about doing the exact opposite of what the Fed did in the 1930s.
Randall Kroszner of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors (R) testifies before the House Financial Services Committee along with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Sheila Bair on Capitol Hill Dec. 6, 2007 in Washington, D.C. The committee held the hearing about accelerating loan modifications, improving foreclosure prevention and enhancing enforcement in an effort to stem damage from the subprime mortgage crisis.
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Could the Federal Reserve have prevented the financial crisis?

by David Brancaccio and Katie Long Jan 22, 2018
A look at what the Fed was doing — and wasn't — before the crisis hit the headlines and your bank account.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange January 22, 2008 in New York City. The Federal Reserve, in reaction to a severe downturn in worldwide stock markets and concern about a United States recession, reduced its interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point before the opening NYSC bell. 
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With low unemployment and latest numbers on consumer prices, questions about inflation

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 12, 2018
The Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent in December from the previous month. The “core” inflation rate — excluding volatile food and energy prices — rose 0.3 percent month-to-month. That’s the largest increase since January 2017, and was higher than…

The Fed rethinks its inflation target

by Kai Ryssdal and Tracey Samuelson Jan 9, 2018
The Federal Reserve has two main jobs: maximize employment and keep prices stable. That second piece, stable prices, has meant the Fed tries to keep inflation at 2 percent. Former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke made that target the explicit goal…